The Boston Foundation welcomed community college leaders and staff to the Foundation on June 5th where it was announced that Holyoke Community College has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Deval Patrick Prize for Community Colleges.
The college won the $50,000 prize in recognition of its expanded culinary arts and hospitality programs, related in part to the opening of the HCC MGM Institute for Culinary Arts in downtown Holyoke. The new institute, which opened in January 2018, will allow the college to strengthen and expand its culinary arts programs to better prepare students for careers in culinary arts and meet the needs of the Pioneer Valley's growing hospitality industry.
Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta presented the prize to HCC President Dr. Christina Royal, who talked about the difference the new Institute is already playing in the life of the college, the students and the community. Her speech begins at about 8:50 into the video.